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#1 jar

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Posted 18 November 2012 - 22:55

It's been a year or three since I inked up one of my Montblancs; I'm down to one pen inked and have been using it exclusively for a few weeks so it seemed like time to let one out to play for awhile. They were all shouting except one of the smaller ones that just sat quietly in the case, maybe depressed because the bigger pens always got more play time.

Perhaps I sympathized with the little guy since I was always the one chosen last when growing up, often even after all the girls were chosen and the doggies and once after the other team chose "that fence post over there" so out it came and I inked it up with an ink that also seems to have a complex and not able to decide what color it really was, Noodler's Zhivago.

You can see the little guy on the far right in this picture.

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It's one of my older 146s, likely made sometime in the 50s or 60s and an export model, with Masterpiece instead of Meisterstück. The pen is made from celluloid and as you can see from the picture slightly shorter than the modern 146 Legrand.

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It is fitted with a 14C two tone nib:

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and the early ebonite ski-slope feed:

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it's moderately wet and has some flex, the old lined inkview window and the Snowcap has the classic yellow tint of old celluloid:

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so I used it for a day, filled several pages in one of my journals and gotta admit, it's as nice as I remembered.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:16

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:17

Aww, nice that you let him out to play, i can almost see his little tail wagging!

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 00:29

What is that blue beauty (2nd from the left)? Looks to me like a Conway Stewart Churchill, right?


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Posted 20 November 2012 - 00:39

What is that blue beauty (2nd from the left)? Looks to me like a Conway Stewart Churchill, right?




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Posted 20 November 2012 - 00:43

I hope that won't be the last time you let the little guy out to play. :rolleyes:
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 02:19

What is that blue beauty (2nd from the left)? Looks to me like a Conway Stewart Churchill, right?




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Thank you jar, great looking pen!
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:09

Arranging play dates for your pens...
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 15:36

It's interesting to compare the Montblanc 146 with some contemporary pens. In the 50s when this pen was made it sold for 54 Deutschmarks, about $13.00 US.

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That was a little less than the price of the entry level Sheaffer White Dot Snorkel of the same period that sold for 15.50 US and just slightly more than the open nib non-White Dot models.

The 149 sold for a little less than the Sheaffer Crest Snorkels.


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Posted 21 November 2012 - 04:16

Very nice collection! I have a 146 Fine 14C solid nib from the 80s. It is one of my favorites, though rarely used. Currently filled with MB Blue-Black, another favorite. While your pen looks very similar to a new one, those who know pens know it's vintage.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 14:28

Very nice collection! I have a 146 Fine 14C solid nib from the 80s. It is one of my favorites, though rarely used. Currently filled with MB Blue-Black, another favorite. While your pen looks very similar to a new one, those who know pens know it's vintage.


That's really interesting and I'd love to see a picture of your nib. I thought MB had switched to the 14K designation by the 80s so your pen would be unusual.

The two pens at the top in this picture are later 146s, the one on the left from the early 70s and the one on the right from slightly later but they both have the 14K stamp.

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This pen though can not be vintage. :bunny01:

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 15:21

Thank you for sharing a photo of this collection. They are all great pens.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 15:29

I'm pleased to see the little guy was invited out to play. He's a smart looking pen. :thumbup:

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 18:32

Love the style of the review, and great photos!

That yellowed snowpeak is real character. What a classy pen.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 18:41

Love the style of the review, and great photos!

That yellowed snowpeak is real character. What a classy pen.


Just remember what your momma always said about yellow snow. :bunny01:

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 22:47

A celluloid 146 is something of a grail pen for me.

That's a beauty you've got there. Nice review, too.

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 23:05

Just remember what your momma always said about yellow snow. :bunny01:


Yeah, but she got it from Frank Zappa!
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 23:19

Just remember what your momma always said about yellow snow. :bunny01:


Yeah, but she got it from Frank Zappa!


Well, Frank was a Baltimore boy and so knew all about yellow snow, but it was a common phrase long before little Frank used it.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 17:21

Sorry about that. I got out my loupe and checked, "14K" is embossed on the nib in my 146. I don't remember exactly when I purchased it' mid eighties to early nineties.
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Posted 24 November 2012 - 17:35

Sorry about that. I got out my loupe and checked, "14K" is embossed on the nib in my 146. I don't remember exactly when I purchased it' mid eighties to early nineties.


Aw shucks. I always like finding exceptions to what we think we know about our pens and a 14C later 146 would have been interesting. I expect that some of the early 146s after reintroduction might have used the 'C' designation since they were still using it in the late 50s. For example I have a 264 that has an 18'C' nib.

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